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“Incredible”

Drakes Kitchen, Casa El Tortugo
Ranked #3 of 14 Restaurants in Drake Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Costa Rican
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Incredible”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

Spent 4 days in Drake, ate here 3 times. Teressa and her husband Juan Carlos provide service and food that is truly unbelievable for the price. As a backpacker, I thought I'd never be able to afford 5 star restaurant quality while traveling but this place IS IT! Getting there involves a bit of adventure (like everything in Osa Peninsula) but it's worth it. Never too busy, fresh ingredients, vegetarian friendly, and AFFORDABLE. Drake Kitchen (Casa El Tortugo) is the first place I'd recommend eating in Drake.

  • Visited March 2014
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Guelph, Canada
2 reviews
“They have it down to an art”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

Food was perfection in taste freshness and presentation. Atmosphere was lovely and unpretentious. Service was better than any five star I've been to anywhere else. They actually enjoy their customers and welcome them like they are friends.

  • Visited March 2014
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Cleveland, Ohio
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41 reviews
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“Lives up to its reputation!”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

Everyone in Drake Bay will advise visitors to visit El Tortugo for a meal. We decided to make the 30+ minute walk from our hotel one night. It is quite out of the way but worth the walk. We had very tasty grilled red snapper with salad and Teressa, our waitress & spouse of the chef is absolutely darling. She speaks perfect English; she is chatty, friendly and very knowledgeable about the area since she was born and raised in Drake. We enjoyed her company as much as our meal.
The only thing we struggled with was how unbearably hot and humid it is because of the restaurant's location nestled in a treed area very much below the main road so there is absolutely no breeze that can reach you and the candles burning on the tables only made things worse. I would suggest that an investment in ceiling fans would be well worth it for the comfort of diners. The tree-stump seating is quaint but not the most comfortable if you sit for a lengthy dinner.
Overall, we enjoyed our food and would recommend El Tortugo to folks in the area - perhaps for a daytime meal if you don't like walking in the dark.

  • Visited March 2014
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Vilnius, Lithuania
2 reviews
“Nice service and great food”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Dinner at Drake's kitchen was the best we had in Cista Rica. Fresh red snapper was very well made. I must agree with other travellers that Teressa was really friendly and served us perfectly. Highly recommended.

  • Visited March 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
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“Delicious food but pricey and tiny servings”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

We ordered grilled fish with vegetables. The fish was very tasty but tiny compared to other places and over priced in my opinion. The wine was excellent however and the place was packed, to my surprise given the slow service and tiny meals!

Visited March 2014
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